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Nearctic (horse)

Dark horse : Unravelling The Mystery Of Nearctic
1997 book by Muriel A. Lennox
Sire Nearco
Dam Lady Angela
Damsire Hyperion
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1954
Country Canada
Color Brown/Black
Breeder E. P. Taylor
Owner Windfields Farm
Trainer Gordon J. McCann
Record 47: 21-5-3
Earnings $152,384
Nearctic is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Lady Angela by Nearco. He was born around 1954 in Canada, and was bred by E. P. Taylor.
Major wins
Clarendon Stakes (1956)
Saratoga Special Stakes (1956)
Victoria Stakes (1956)
International Handicap (1957)
Seaway Handicap (1958)
Canadian Maturity Stakes (1958)
Swynford Stakes (1958)
Michigan Mile (1958)
Canadian Horse of the Year (1958)
Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame (1977)
Nearctic Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on January 26, 2010

Nearctic (1954–1973) was an Canadian-bred Hall of Fame Thoroughbred racehorse. Bred by E. P. Taylor, he was out of the Irish mare Lady Angela, a daughter of the British Champion sire Hyperion. He was sired by the extremely important stallion Nearco.

Conditioned for racing by future Canadian Hall of Fame trainer "Pete" McCann, Nearctic had his most successful season on the track at age four, when he won nine races and was voted Canadian Horse of the Year.

As a sire

Retired to stand at stud at Windfields Farm in Oshawa, Ontario, he was later moved to stand at Allaire du Pont's Woodstock Farm at Chesapeake City, Maryland. An outstanding stallion, Nearctic sired Kentucky Derby winner and the 20th Century's greatest sire Northern Dancer. He also sired Icecapade, Ice Water, Nonoalco, Northern Queen, and Canadian Hall of Fame inductee, Cool Reception.

Over and above the many highly successful sons of Northern Dancer, Nearctic was the grandsire of Northern Taste, Wild Again, Fanfreluche, Izvestia, and Son of Briartic, among others. He was also the damsire of Kennedy Road and the Canadian and U.S. Hall of Fame filly La Prevoyante.

Nearctic appears four generations back on both sides (dam and sire) of champion race horse Big Brown.

Nearctic died at Woodstock Farm at age nineteen on July 27, 1973. He is buried in the farm's equine cemetery.[1]

Pedigree of Nearctic
Pharos Phalaris Polymelus
Scapa Flow Chaucer
Nogara Havresac II Rabelais
Hors Concours
Catnip Spearmint
Lady Angela
Hyperion Gainsborough Bayardo
Selene Chaucer
Sister Sarah Abbots Trace Tracery
Abbots Anne
Sarita Swynford
Molly Desmond


  • Lennox, Muriel Anne, Dark horse : Unravelling The Mystery Of Nearctic (1997) Beach House Books ISBN 978-0969902522


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